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Introducing Spring

Spring is here. I have described the magic & trials of snow in winter, the wonders of fall colors and the achievements in growing my summer crops. However the most awaited season for me and perhaps the most beautiful season in the DC suburbs is Spring. Winter’s charm lasts till the first snowfall, after seeing the white blanket slowly turn into brown slush, I am already longing for warm weather. It is very difficult to describe the thrill of first stepping outside from home, ready to shiver into your coat and not be hit by a chilly blast. One of the few things that make your day and then make you beam at everyone who meets you that day with a “Wonderful weather, isn’t it?”.

Washington DC is perhaps the best place to welcome spring. Here the start of spring is indicated by the bloom of white and pink cherry blossoms on bare trees. The message is passed from tree to tree and within a matter of days all the trees are covered with a profusion of flowers. Washington DC celebrates this short lived bloom by hosting the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival for two weeks during peak bloom season. In 1912, Japan gifted about 2000 cherry blossom trees to United States as a good –will gift. These were planted on the banks of the Potomac River in the National Mall in DC. More trees were added, some by students, some more as a gift from Japan . Peak bloom lasts only a couple of days…thousands of people gather to see the blossoms and to see and photograph the famous monuments are framed by white & pink flowers.

Although the mall is the best place to see the cherry blossoms, it is not the only place. Cherry blossoms are now planted there in front of most houses. But apart from the pink and white flowers, other colors also bloom. Roundabouts and road intersections are decorated by vivid yellow tulips, and pansies of every hue and shade brighten up sidewalks and community entrances. Non flowering trees slowly develop young green leaves. Soon all trees will be a uniform green. And we will wait for the riotous colors of fall into change the landscape again

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